Why is my mercury thermometer dangerous?

Mercury is highly poisonous, and the mercury inside of a thermometer can have dangerous health effects if you are exposed to it directly. Mercury is a toxin that affects the neurologic system of your body; its vapor can cause mood swings, insomnia and memory loss, and high vapor levels can damage organs. For infants and children, exposure to mercury can directly affect brain development.
Dr. Robin Miller, MD
Internal Medicine
Mercury thermometers contain a harmful substance that can be toxic. In this video, Dr. Robin Miller discusses alternatives to these thermometers.


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